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SBA Poll Results: Are you finding qualified applicants for jobs?

The Question:
What is your experience in finding qualified applicants for your job openings?

57% - We have openings but it’s difficult finding qualified applicants.

13% - We’re finding qualified people when we have an opening.

30% - Doesn’t matter-we’re not hiring and don’t expect to this year.

My Comments:
As you can see, 87% of our small business respondents are not hiring, with the largest group reporting they have job openings but can’t fill them with qualified employees. Indeed, research indicates there may be 4 million unfilled job openings in the U.S. The next highest group of respondents allowed they weren’t hiring, regardless of the prospective-employee pool.

This troubling employment condition has many negative implications for all of us:

1. The economy is being harmed by millions of skilled, high-paying assignments going unfilled.

2. Companies can’t grow to their potential because of the lack of manpower/brainpower associated with these assignments.

3. Millions of families aren’t enjoying the financial and emotional benefits of quality employment.

4. The government is missing out on millions in income and payroll taxes.

If I tried, I could think of a dozen more examples of how this condition is harmful to the U.S. I’m going to have more to say about this in an upcoming Feature Article. Stay tuned and thanks for participating.

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